Contrary to the sullen song title – I Sound Depressed by Swedish singer/songwriter Elise Elvira is far from depressing. The production has a summery hue, with a playful intro and soft electric bass notes, decorated by guitars, wavy synths and dry drums. Elise’s lyrics are an astute observer of relationships that makes a compelling listen.
The song is a depiction of different relationships that Elise Elvira has seen since she was a child. She describes having lived much of her life in her mind, analyzing the social behaviours of others, learning from their mistakes instead of daring to live them out herself.
Elise Elvira gives her explanation of the song’s theme below.
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“What I love the most about this song is that its meaning can be perceived in many different ways depending on the listener’s own life story.” Elise continues.
“Even though I consciously stay away from superficial contexts, I still get jaded. It can leave me in some kind of indifferent mood that reminds me of the emptiness I see in others. I don’t know if what I’m singing about is about growing up and maturing. If so, it can be a lonely journey. It sounds depressing, but it’s nice.”
It’s an impeccably written single. And although the mood conjures images of watching the ocean in listening bliss, it also reveals the unseen negative effect our relationships can have on others.